Casuarina glauca. SWAMP SHE-OAK. Western Australia, Victoria, N.S.W., Queensland
CASUARINACEAE (Casuarina family)
A tall specimen stood for a century next to the flame tree in the outer northwest island of the Inner Quad. A victim of oak root fungus, it was removed in 2003. The interesting fallen cones, which are about 1/2 inch long, could sometimes be picked up there. There are about 14 to 16 leaf teeth at each joint of the needles and the segments are about 3/8 to 1/2 inch long. Two others trees, one small and one large, with 12 to 14 leaf teeth, are situated on the east of Palm Drive to the south of Arboretum Road. Leaf teeth and segment length are about right for C. glauca, but the trees may be a hybrid with C. cunninghamiana as one parent.
Field Guide to Identify the Common Casuarina (Australian Pine) Species in Florida by William S. Castle offers excellent field identification advice.
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